Ian Warden

Ian Warden

Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times

Gang-gang: Blessed are the folklorists

Ian Warden Ina Popplewell and her songs live on in folklore.

Saving the tadpoles of the Northern Corroboree Frog

Ian Warden What are these happy souls carrying in those plastic bags? You'll never guess. Begins with a T. Give up?

Gang-gang: 86 years ago

Ian Warden Scottish independence fervour is not new.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Killing with kindness

Concerns were raised about the many acts of kindness to khaki-clad boys before they left to fight in World War I.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week, columnist "Clio" of Melbourne's "Punch" was worried about how dangerous Melbourne was for young soldiers.

Gang-gang: Bamboo crucifix

Poignant occasion: Bishop Andrew Nakamura of Kobe with a bamboo cross in St John's Anglican Church, Reid.

Ian Warden An old bamboo crucifix has drawn a Japanese bishop to Canberra.

Review of Australian Longhorn Beetles by Drs Adam Slipinski and Hermes Escalona

Ian Warden ACT is rich in longhorn beetles and now there's an award-winning book dedicated to the species.

Canberra wins a David and Goliath battle for recognition

Ian Warden The sense that life in Canberra is getting better all the while is powerfully supported this week.

100 years ago: An ode to Turkey and its wobbly war moves

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week Sydney's Table Talk noted press reports that hitherto neutral Turkey "is wobbling and may side with, the Germans".

Gang-gang: Christopher Pyne's fire-proof ears

Ian Warden Those of us who paid nothing for our priceless university educations (thank you, Mr Whitlam) look and listen in horror.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago and the unpatriotic flowers

Ian Warden What were Australian gardeners with famous German roses in their gardens to do when, in 1914, we went to war Germany?

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Boys' names

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week Australian parents were naming their male babies Horatio Herbert after Horatio Herbert Kitchener (Lord Kitchener) the Empire hero of the moment.


Spring in Canberra: all about the birds and bluebells

Peacock and peahen: Rite of Spring – Narrabundah.

Ian Warden Spring, having waited in ambush all winter, has sprung out on us yet again and the season's manifestations are everywhere.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - My loyal dominions

Ian Warden This has been an exciting week for the loyal monarchists of this self-governing dominion, with the news (inexplicably appearing on front pages) of yet another royal pregnancy.

Gang-gang: Hughes school's edible mosaic

Sweet milestone: Hughes Primary School year 3 students tuck into over 1500 cup cakes that formed a 50 cupcake mosaic as part of the school's 50th birthday celebration.

Ian Warden Hughes Primary celebrates its 50th anniversary by partying like its 1964.

Piano's ivories a world away from ovaries

Ian Warden An item in the absurdly popular 100 Years Ago section of Wednesday's column noted how Australians of 1914 were being told that it was unpatriotic to go on buying German pianos (for we were at war...

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - The Teutons in our midst

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week and with us at war with Germany Sydney's Globe was worrying that an excess of patriotism might see us being awful to the decent Germans living among us.

Gang-gang: Eiffel arrival

Ian Warden Who are these bedraggled cyclists and what strange thing are they doing with their bicycles?

Gang-gang: Cream pies whip up support for children's charity

Ian Warden Normally, we'd never recommend that children throw things at their teachers but a recent feat of year 3 children of Gold Creek (Junior) School has us revising our stance.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - no more German pianos

Bosendorfer (German) piano

Ian Warden One hundred years ago today Punch was urging Australians to buy nothing made by the Germans.

The Viking tale of Svein Forkbeard and Sigrid the Haughty

No love lost: Sigrid the Haughty haughtily rejects Olaf Tryggvason.

Ian Warden Today is the 1014th anniversary of the naval Battle of Svolder involving the fabulously named Svein Forkbeard.